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Chad Ford has a brand new board with four Wildcats

Chad Ford’s days at ESPN are numbered but an upcoming exit from the World Wide Leader will not keep a good man like Chad Ford down during his peak season.

Today, Ford updated his NBA big board for the seventh time — aptly named Big Board 7.0 — and it has four Wildcats included: De’Aaron Fox at No. 5, Malik Monk at No. 7, Bam Adebayo at No. 23, and Hamidou Diallo at No. 27.

Here’s what Ford said about Fox:

Fox was the highest-ranked prospect to show up at the combine and do anything besides interviews. He was measured and did medicals.

His measurements came in a little shorter than expected and his weight still isn’t quite cracking 170 pounds. But he was a big hit in interviews for NBA teams, and there is a handful of clubs that prefer him over Ball.

And then Monk:

Monk may end up moving up three or four spots on draft night thanks to where the Sixers and Magic fell in the lottery.

He’s the best shooter and scoring guard in the draft — by a long shot.

And then Adebayo:

Adebayo tested off the charts in his measurements and athletic testing portion of the combine. Teams were also impressed with his interviews.

He seems to be putting himself back into the mix as a mid-first-round pick.

And then Diallo:

Diallo posted the second-highest max vertical in draft combine history. He was one of the best athletes in Chicago. Whether or not he has an offensive game to match is the big question.

He has had workouts with the Celtics, Bucks, Bulls and Nets. He could become a top-10 pick in 2018 after another year at Kentucky, but only if he can prove that he can hit his jumper. Scouts are watching closely.

Diallo made the jump up from unranked in Ford’s new update, while the other three did not move in the rankings.

See the entire board, which does not include any other Wildcats, here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Chad Ford has a brand new board with four Wildcats

  1. DelrayCat
    1:41 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    Teams will be kicking themselves years down the road for not selecting Bam. He will become an Ibaka or Tristan Thompson like player with his motor and drive. He is also going to greatly improve shooting since he already has a great stroke.
    Also, the Lakers will also always regret taking Ball over Fox…Ball will be DeAngelo Russell 2.0 or worse.

  2. Catlogic15
    1:52 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    If what Cal said is true, “21 or 22”, then he will be advising Diallo to return to school.

  3. Randall lee
    2:21 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    Hami must just love pushing that knife. Into the guts of UK fans and twisting it. Now its time for everyone with cal wood to tell me how torn he is deciding, how much he loves UK, blah,blah,blah!

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      2:40 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

      Its easy for you to see it that way with blue tinted glasses on, but its not that simple for a young man with his future on the line here. It isn’t just, hey give up your dreams and play for UK, for him hes making a decision that will effect his entire life, the outcome of that effect isn’t to be determined yet. If he comes back, could he get hurt? If he comes back, could he possibly show that he needs major fundamental sharpening and slip out of the first round for next year? These are all real possibilities he has to weigh, as well as making the jump and not totally showing the league he is ready and losing money on his next contract deal down the road. Or he could very well get drafted and solely focus on basketball and get better and better and find his way into a teams rotation in the next year or two. Its not as simple as it seems and its not about when you make it to the league, its how you’re setting yourself up to get the best chance possible and being in the position to make the most out of that opportunity.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:48 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

      Nice goin Randy…

  4. Randall lee
    5:51 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    Mr puppet, can we get the cliff notes version next time, my eyes are starting to bleed.